Brussels opposes Greek import levy

by Editor
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The European Commission has told Greece to scrap a meat import levy system that diverts charges to a fund subsidising Greek farmers.

In announcement the Commission said Greece was breaching European Union (EU) laws on fair trading, because the levy made EU meat traders from outside Greece give financial support to their Greek competitors.

Noting that the subsidies breach EU rules banning discriminatory internal taxation, the Commission has given Greece two months to say how it will reform the system or maybe take its objections to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Its judges can order Greece to act and impose large daily recurring fines on its government if it does not comply.